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18th Street Arts Center Reopening Information (Updated June 15, 2021)
With the new LA County reopening protocols, 18th Street Arts Center will now welcome walk-in visitors to view exhibitions at our Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica). Though we still encourage you to make an appointment for ease and convenience, it is no long required.
The Airport Campus galleries are open
Monday-Friday from 11 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday hours from 12-5 PM will begin on July 31.
Olympic Campus (1639 18th Street) hours are Monday-Friday from 11 AM – 5 PM.

Make an appointment here – just select the exhibition you are interested in.

Please note that all visitors to 18SAC’s campus must still wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in order to protect members of our artist community that live and work in the space. Please stay home if you are not feeling well.

To explore our current and recent exhibitions online, please visit to view 360 virtual tours, recorded virtual talks, images, and catalogue essays. We also have a full schedule of virtual programs, including art workshops, artist talks, and conversations. Register or learn more at:

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As we continue to adapt to these challenging times, 18SAC remains dedicated to ensuring a safe environment for our community and beyond. Partnering with the city of Santa Monica, 18th Street has become a Shines COVID-19 Assurance organization.


Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018-2019, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public to foster radical imagination, empathy, and positive social change.

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Nicola Goode, Photography of Black Lives Matters spontaneous murals on boarded up stores during the BLM protests in Santa Monica in June of 2020.

Recovery Justice: Being Well

March 8, 2021 - September 10, 2021

“Being Well” is what we seek together as neighbors, and recalls one of the central guiding principles of the City of Santa Monica, the notion of “wellbeing” as key to civic health. Recovery Justice: Being Well, aims to highlight the…

Sea Change | Marcus Kuiland-Nazario

May 11, 2021 - August 30, 2021

Sea Change is a multi-site, interdisciplinary, contemporary art program developed by artist and curator Marcus Kuiland-Nazario as part of Recovery Justice: Being Well. Sea Change explores the senses and how they have been affected by Covid-19, isolation, and separation through…

Market Exchange | Manos a la Obra

June 4, 2021 - September 30, 2021

Manos a la Obra An installation of Market Exchange, a project by Cog•nate Collective Featuring Ines Garcia, Carmela Morales, Laura Hernandez, Lily Alinaghizadeh, and Abby Juan Part of the exhibition Un Mundo Nuevo en Pico Pico Pop-Up | 2917 Pico…

We Were All Here

June 26, 2021 - July 31, 2021

A collaborative art video produced by Dan Kwong and Paulina Sahagun Español en continuación. 18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present a new commission from artists Dan Kwong and Paulina Sahagun, a collaborative video project that delves into the…

Maj Hasager, "Three Structures Touching" featuring Bill and Carolyne Edwards of the Quinn Research Center. Courtesy of the artist and the Quinn Research Center.

Three Structures Touching | Maj Hasager

July 26, 2021 - October 1, 2021

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present Three Structures Touching, an exhibition of new works by artist Maj Hasager born out of her years-long collaboration with the Quinn Research Center, on view at 18th Street’s Propeller Gallery from July…

Borderless: Beirut

August 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Borderless: Beirut A virtual film screening and conversation with artists from the visual arts and design scene in Beirut, Lebanon Organized by House of Today and 18th Street Arts Center Wednesday, August 4, 2021 | 10 AM* PST Online *This…

The Philomathean building on Broadway and 19th St in Santa Monica. Photographer: Bill Edwards. Image courtesy of the Quinn Research Archive.

What is a Landmark? Cultural Equity in the Remembrance of Places

August 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

What is a Landmark? Cultural Equity in the Remembrance of Places A Roundtable Discussion with Maria Rosario Jackson, Ruthann Lehrer, Maj Hasager, and Carolyne and Bill Edwards of the Quinn Research Center Saturday, August 14, 2021 | 11 AM Online…

Jennifer Chia-ling Ho (何珈寧), Here and There, 2020. Clear adhesive film on mirrors. 48 x 12 inches Courtesy of the artist.

Jennifer Chia-ling Ho | How are you?

August 16, 2021 - September 24, 2021

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Brooklyn-based, Taiwan-born artist Jennifer Chia-ling Ho (何珈寧), on view in the Atrium Gallery at 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica (Blue Building) from August 16 - September…

Arts Learning Lab @ Home: “Scrooging for Kids” with The Revolution School

August 28, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

"Scrooging for Kids" with The Revolution School Workshop | Arts Learning Lab @ Home Saturday, August 28, 2021 | 11 AM - 12:30 PM PST     Awaken your hidden super powers, make a player card, construct a gadget belt,…

Three Structures Touching: An Immersive Live Performance

September 11, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Three Structures Touching: An Immersive Live Performance Related to Maj Hasager’s exhibition Three Structures Touching September 11, 2021 | 3 PM 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90405   This is a live, in-person event. Masks will be required and…

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